40+ Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Philly

From drag queen story times to a futuristic underground rave, there are so many ways to celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community in Philly this month.

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From the Pride March to Drag Queen Story Time, there are so many ways to celebrate Pride in Philly / Photograph by Laura Swartz

June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month, a time to commemorate the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn and celebrate the Pride movement and LGBTQ+ community. What’s more, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride Day in 1972. From parties and drag brunches to family-friendly events and food specials, there are plenty of ways to show your love and support for the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia this month.

First Things First

City of Philadelphia Flag Raising
The Office of LGBT Affairs will host its annual flag raising at City Hall to kick off Pride month and feature speakers reflecting on this year’s theme: Celebrating our Communities. June 3rd, noon, City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

PHL Pride March and Festival
As you may remember, Philly Pride Presents abruptly dissolved last year after 28 years and a whole lot of controversy. In place of the Pride parade of years past, the PHL Pride Collective has emerged promising a new, reimagined Philly Pride that centers Black and brown queer and trans communities. The march is a collaboration between Philly Dyke March and PHL Pride Collective. Don’t expect any floats or vehicles — instead, meet at the north end of Independence Mall (at 5th and Arch streets) for speeches and music (The 1972 Pride Day March concluded at the same spot 50 years ago.) At 11 a.m. the march kicks off, including three stops highlighting diverse voices.

Then, at noon, join the PHL Pride Festival in the Gayborhood. There will be plenty of food truck and beverage options (including a sober zone), live and DJ music, and tables highlighting small businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations. Additionally, there will be a Youth and Family Programming area with kids’ activities, a relaxation zone for those who need a low-sensory break, and Kiki Alley focusing on culture and history of the Philadelphia ballroom community. Finally, from noon to 7 p.m., BOS Philly and SWAY Philly will host the largest outdoor dance party ever at the corner of 13th and Locust all day.
June 5th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Old City and Midtown Village.

Fun & Games

The Philly Pride Run returns in-person on June 11th / Photograph by Hon. Daniel J. Anders

Queer Drawing Nights at Cherry Street Pier
Artists-in-residence Cory Sempler and Thomas Sendgraff are hosting queer drawing nights in celebration of Pride every Friday night in June. $15 gets you a figure-drawing session with materials provided; a portion of each night’s ticket sales will be donated to the Mazzoni Center. There will also be a themed drink available for purchase in the Garden. June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 7-9 p.m., Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.

Pride Skate
The roller-rink at Dilworth is already decorated in rainbow for the season, so you just need to dress up to match. This fun, all-ages afternoon will also feature Queen Dominique Lee of the Drag Mafia and DJ Albie. Reserve your skate session online. June 4th, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.

Paint with Pride at 1040 Creative
Get creative and express yourself with a Pride-themed workshop at this new Northern Liberties makerspace and artist studio. The two-hour class includes lessons in making your own hand-printed wearable work of art and a rainbow collage. June 4th, 3-5 p.m., 1040 North Second Street, #301.

Philly Pride Run
The annual run returns in-person. Lez Run Running Club and Out Philadelphia Athletic League host a festive run through the city, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Please Touch Museum. The run includes a 5K (chip-timed with prizes for the top three Female, Non-Binary and Male divisions) and a 1K untimed fun run with prizes for the top three most festive participants. All proceeds from this event will go directly toward William Way LGBT Community Center. Pre-register online. June 11th, 8 a.m., 4231 Avenue of the Republic.

Come Alive 215 Pride
Not only do you get a 45-minute workout, but also a drag show, games, food trucks, and more! Time and location are TBD, but stay tuned on Come Alive 215’s Instagram for the details. June 11th.

Parties

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BOS Philly and Sway’s Big Pride Boat Party on the Moshulu / Photograph by Joe Mac Creative

Big Pride Boat Party
Kick off Pride on the river at this massive party hosted by BOS Philly and Sway Philly aboard the Moshulu. Dance the night away on three decks with DJ Shane Marcus headlining. Tickets available online. June 3rd, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. 

CyberPunk 2069
A “futuristic rave” at Concourse Dance Bar (including the ball pit!) with DJ Guy Scheiman. Tickets available online. June 4th, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 1635 Market Street, back entrance.

Pride Run After-Party at Live! Casino
Whether you’re running in the Philly Pride Run or not, stop by Live! Casino’s after-party at the Center Bar. Admission is free, and the party includes music and dancing with popular Philly DJ, DJ JAMZ, drink specials and more. June 11, noon-3 p.m., Live! Casino & Hotel, 900 Packer Avenue. 

Science After Hours: Summer Ball
The Franklin Institute’s popular adults-only event returns for the summer with a Pride-themed party and access to the museum and its roof deck. Dance in the Planetarium, watch drag performances (and play drag bingo) and science demonstrations, learn about the history of ballroom with director and choreographer Kemar Jewel, and more. Food and drink are available at cash bars. Tickets available online. June 24th, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

Drag

Brittany Lynn hosts Drag Tea at the Sofitel every Saturday during Pride month / Photograph courtesy of the Sofitel

Pride Week Performances at Franky Bradley’s
Mark Bee’s kitschy restaurant and bar is kicking off Pride Month with a week of incredible shows and events, including:

  • June 1, 9 p.m.: “Hot Girl Summer” with Tiffany Uma Mascara and Mz. Peaches
  • June 2, 8 p.m.: “The Little Mermaid” with Luna Thee Jawnette & Queen of Hearts
  • June 3, 8 p.m.: “Cabaret Sauvignon” with Lili St. Queer
    1320 Chancellor Street.

Sofitel’s Drag Tea with Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia
For all four weekends of Pride month, our very own Miss June, Brittany Lynn, headlines this posh tea with her Drag Mafia. So, get your fascinator ready (and bring some dollars for tips!) for scones, tea sandwiches, tea and cocktails. (Choose from mimosa, bellini or straight-up champagne; or pay $10 extra for the bottomless option.) It’s a lot of fun, plus $5 from each ticket will be donated to the William Way LGBT Community Center. June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2-4 p.m., Sofitel, 120 South 17th Street. 

Pride Fun Gay Tea Dance Brunch
I mean, that’s just a lot of great words jammed together, so what’s not to like? The day includes brunch, DJ music, and all-day access to two drag shows featuring six performers including Ms. Lisa Lisa and Ebony Fierce. Tickets are available online in tables of two to eight. June 5th, noon-8 p.m. Cockatoo, 208 South 13th Street. 

Sidewalk Showgirls at Chatayee Thai
Every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in June catch drag, singing, burlesque and more, hosted by Brittany Lynn with a different cast each week. There’s no cover charge, and you’ll be there in time for happy hour food and drink specials. June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 4-6 p.m., Chatayee Thai, 1227 Walnut Street.

Drag Trivia with Brittany Lynn
Every second Wednesday of the month, Brittany Lynn tests your knowledge in six rounds of trivia. Teams can be one to six members (and there’s always a prize for best team name, so be creative), and tickets are available online in tables of two, four, or six. Food and drink are available a la carte at Bok Bar, whose chef residency is Kalaya this month. June 8th, 5-7 p.m., Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street.

Drag Me to the Den
Benefitting True Colors United, Devil’s Den is putting on two drag shows this month. Each $10 ticket (available online) includes admission, a donation to True Colors, a draft beer, and entry to a gift basket raffle. Additional food and drink can be purchased a la carte, and $1 from purchases of beer from Duvel Moortgat Brewery and Brewery Ommegang will also go to True Colors. June 9th, 7:30 p.m. and June 26th, 2 p.m., Devil’s Den, 1148 South 11th Street.

Pride Cabaret at The Towne House
Brittany Lynn and her friends bring drag, burlesque, comedy, and music to the ‘burbs in one fabulous cabaret experience. Tickets available online. June 10th, 8-11 p.m., Towne House, 117 Veterans Square, Media.

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Photograph courtesy of Aversa PR

Drag Brunches with Brittany Lynn
In addition to the Sofitel’s Drag Tea, you can catch Miss Brittany Lynn and her friends for brunch around town. On June 12th, The Wayward is hosting two brunch seatings (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), each with a $35 prix fixe menu and a la carte beverages. Then, on June 19th at 11 a.m., catch them at Xfinity Live. On June 26th at 2 p.m., catch an all-ages brunch atop the city at Bok Bar — tickets are available for tables of two, four, or six, and food is a la carte.

Drag Tea at Assembly Rooftop
Enjoy bottomless assorted teas, classic miniature sandwiches and desserts while drag queens strut their stuff on Assembly Rooftop’s ninth-floor terrace overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tickets are $65 and include a glass of prosecco on arrival; Assembly’s full beverage menu will be available to order a la carte. June 12th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Assembly Rooftop Lounge, 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Lady Gaga Drag Brunch at Evil Genius
Put your paws up, ‘cause you were born this way, baby. Celebrate Mother Monster with drag queens, brunch and, of course, beer. Tickets available online. June 12th, noon-2 p.m., Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 North Front Street.

GayBINGO
For over 20 years, GayBINGO has raised money for AIDS Fund with a monthly themed bingo game hosted by the “Bingo Verifying Divas.” This month, take it back to 1996 with The Birdcage, RENT, the Macarena, and more. They’ll also be collecting new school supplies for children affected by HIV. Tickets available online. June 18th, 7 p.m., Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street.

More Performances

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Pride Concert
During this free community concert, Yannick and the Orchestra will be joined by special guests including Martha Graham Cracker and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Come early and stay late for free pre- and post-concert entertainment on the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza Stage. This event is free, but tickets are required; pre-register online. June 2nd, 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.

A Gay Old Time
A showcase of the best LGBTQ+ comics, both familiar and up-and-coming. This event is 21+ and there is a two-drink minimum per person. Tickets available online. June 2nd, 8 p.m., Punch Line, 33 East Laurel Street.

Kid-Friendly Events

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Drag Queen Story Time / Photograph by Laura Swartz

Drag Queen Story Time
If you want to take your kid to any Philly Pride events, Drag Queen Story Time should be first on your list. Little ones will be uplifted by messages of love, individuality, and tolerance as they are regaled with stories and songs. Brittany Lynn even wrote her own children’s book, so don’t miss out on that, either!

  • June 7th, 6 p.m. at Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Highway, Cherry Hill NJ, with Brittany Lynn
  • June 17th, 11 a.m. outside Fishtown Rec Center, 1235 East Palmer Street (sign up for a free goodie bag online!), with Brittany Lynn
  • June 18th, 4 p.m. outside Mister John’s Music, 904 South 9th Street, with Maria Topcatt (Note: this one is not free; tickets are available online)
  • June 24th, 11 a.m. at Queen Memorial Library, 1201 South 23rd Street, with Navaya Shay
  • June 24th, 4 p.m. at Mifflin Triangle (intersection of East Passyunk Avenue, 13th Street, and Mifflin Street) with Brittany Lynn

Pride Month Preschool Storytime
Join Oak Lane Library on the lawn for stories about LGBTQ+ families, sing-alongs and bubbles. Program is best for ages 4 and up. June 3rd, 10:30 a.m., 6614 North 12th Street. 

Pride Weekend at Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is hosting a weekend of activities that celebrate individuality and family, including storytelling, art-making, and performances. All events are free with museum admission. June 4th and 5th, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.

Free First Sunday Family Day: Family Pride
Along with monthly free admission, the Barnes Foundation is hosting a day of family events including storytelling, a scavenger hunt, a performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, and a dance workshop on the history of ballroom. Free, but registration is required and space is limited; pre-register online beginning on June 2nd. June 5th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Pride Month SAGA Club Party for Teens
The Free Library’s Field Teen Center hosts a SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) Club party for LGBTQ youth and their allies meet, socialize and discuss issues affecting the queer community. For ages 12-18. June 10th, 3-4:30 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. 

Pride at the Park
A welcoming, educational, youth-led celebration for Narberth, Lower Merion Township, and surrounding areas by featuring LGBTQIA+ (and allied) artists, performers, organizations, and businesses. Performers include Brittany Lynn at 12:30 p.m., followed by Maddie Fiks, Kate Dressed Up, and Gloss. Plus, Balena Canto hosts the Kids Corner at 12:30 p.m. June 11th, noon-4 p.m., Narberth Park, Narberth.

Philly Gay Games Fest
Walnut Street West library hosts a showcase of independent game designers in the LGBTQ+ community. Players of all ages are invited to meet the designers and play their games, including RPG and board games. June 13th, 5:30 p.m., 201 South 40th Street.

Family Pride Day at the Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute celebrates Pride with science demonstration and whimsical shows, including drag queen Eric Jaffe. All activities are included with museum admission. June 25th, noon-4 p.m., Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

Pride Day at Philadelphia Zoo
Celebrate Pride with a day out at the zoo. Local LGBTQ+ organizations have been invited to talk about their services, and guests are invited to show off their Pride by wearing their most colorful rainbow outfits for a chance to win Zoo tickets for a future visit. June 25th, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.

Shopping

Pride Month Maker’s Market at Hyatt Centric
The Hyatt Centric is showcasing queer-owned and operated small businesses and artists. Locally made offerings include jewelry, clothing, bath bombs and soaps, ceramics and more. The market is open to the public and free to attend. June 18th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hyatt Centric Center City, 1620 Chancellor Street.

Pride Pop-Ups at Trunc
This gay-owned, Black-owned, woman-owned and vet-owned boutique and gallery in Northern Liberties is hosting four Saturdays of pop-ups featuring artists and performances, too. Check their Instagram for the schedule. June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, Trunc, 929 North 2nd Street.

Food and Drink Specials

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Cocktails for a Cause for Pride Month / Photograph courtesy of FCM Hospitality

From rainbow bagels to rainbow wine flights, from drag teas to drag brunch, there are so many ways to support LGBTQ causes while dining out. So many, in fact, they needed their own roundup, so check it out over at Foobooz!